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Pushbullet brings notification/sharing service to native Mac app

30 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone, software, iPad

Pushbullet has introduced a native Mac client for its namesake notification and file/link sharing service. When used in tandem with the company's updated iOS app, the software can not only display iPhone and iPad notifications on a Mac but be used to dismiss them without picking up the mobile device. More significantly users can copy and paste between platforms, push links, or download and open exchanged files.

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Twitter adds group messaging, 30-second video uploads to mobile apps

1 hour ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Twitter has started to add some features it hinted at last November to its mobile apps. Rolling out slowly, users will be able to send Direct Messages to groups of people for the first time, while those who typically post videos to the micro-blogging service will benefit from being able to upload video clips directly to Twitter from within the app, without using a secondary service.

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Briefly: Pandora 5.7, new Wrise Mac word processor

1 hour ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Music discovery app Pandora has announced an update to its iOS app, featuring a new design and additional components. Pandora allows users to create personalized music stations that play their preferred music. The latest version (v5.7.0) offers a refreshed design that improves the ease of shaping a station, including a new Personalization icon for quick access to one's history, and being able to "un-thumb" a song previously marked "up" or "down" by re-tapping the Thumb icon. The app's new mini-player offers music controls while browsing track history, and its redesigned notification and activity feed will alert users of recent happenings, like new music that has been added to their stations. Free to download, Pandora for iOS requires iOS 6.0 or later. Users can access the service for free, however a subscription to Pandora One - starting at $4 monthly - provides higher quality audio, desktop application usage, custom skins and fewer interruptions to music play.

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iOS apps: 1Password, GoodReader, Pandora Radio

1 hour ago | Posted in iOS apps

  • 56.2MB

    1Password 5.2 (free)

    1Password is a password management app that allows users to store and organize multiple passwords. A built-in password generator can also be used to create unique passwords for every site. The v5.2 update includes a new Login Creator that makes it easier to add logins for hundreds of popular sites and services. Syncing has also been improved, now automatically syncing a Master Password change across devices.

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    GoodReader 4.9.1 ($5)

    GoodReader is a PDF reader that features both annotation and cloud sync capabilities. In v4.9.1 users ca now create several different tabs for the same file. These can then be used quickly jump between different sections of the same document without using static bookmarks. The ability to rename or delete a file while viewing it as also been added.

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    Pandora Radio 5.7 (free)

    Pandora Radio is a music streaming service that lets users create personalized stations based on their favorite artists, songs, genres, or composers. Version 5.7 introduces a new design that makes it even easier to shape a station. The new Personalization icon puts the Thumb History for all of a user’s favorite stations right at their fingertips, while the new Mini-Player can be used to control music while browsing track history.

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    LINE 4.9.2 (free)

    LINE is a mobile messaging client for iOS devices that allows users to send messages and make free voice calls to other users. A number of minor bugs have been addressed in this update.

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    RunKeeper 5.2 (free)

    Through the use of the location services found in the iPhone, RunKeeper can track a user’s fitness activity. The application turns the GPS data into stats such as distance travelled, how long it took, how many calories were burned, and more. The latest release includes a new Today Widget that lets users see upcoming works, start their run, and view stats right for their lock screen.

 
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Apple TV gets 120 Sports network

1 hour ago | Posted in: peripherals

Apple has silently added another channel to the Apple TV, 120 Sports. The network is backed by Sports Illustrated, and covers leagues such as the NHL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, and NCAA. On the Apple TV users can browse through Dashboard, Timeline, and Catch-Up sections. Timeline lets users watch a live stream and videos in reverse chronological order, whereas Catch-Up is a curated collection of clips related to trending topics.

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Western Union to launch Apple Pay support for bills and transfers

2 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

Western Union has announced plans to support Apple Pay for bill payments and money transfers. The technology should eventually reach all of the company's standalone outlets in the US, as well as kiosks at over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. At the moment, however, the only location with Apple Pay is an outlet at 1440 Broadway in New York City.

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Apple loses online payments specialist Bora Chung to eBay

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

eBay has recruited Bora Chung, a woman who until recently worked on global payments technology for Apple's online stores, says SFGate. It's believed that eBay is building up a new payment platform in anticipation of PayPal being spun off into its own firm later this year. Chung has actually worked for PayPal in the past, having once been chief of staff to Dana Stalder (senior VP of global consumer and merchant services) and Dickson Chu (VP of global products and experiences).

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Hands On: Alfred Remote (iOS)

4 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

When we recently reviewed Alfred 2 for Mac -- it was a rave. We noted how it was the perfect app to feature in a Hands On piece because that's the point: just about anything you can do on your Mac, Alfred 2 lets you do from the keyboard. It's not the only application that does this, but it does it very well, and is a true boon for getting things done. So much so that the application has been around and continuously developed for many years, just always with this hands-on idea. Until now.

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Dropcam providing free replacement for older cameras

6 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

Owners of older Dropcam camera will be able to upgrade to a newer version at no charge, due to an impending lack of support from the company. The Nest-owned manufacturer will be providing a Dropcam HD as a replacement for earlier models, as the company will be dropping support for original Dropcam and the Dropcam Echo from April 15.

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Analysts: China iPhone sales outpace US, Apple gaining on Samsung

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, mobile phones, Apple

On Tuesday, Apple will reveal its latest figures on its overall sales and general health, but analysts will again focus on one key segment -- Apple's best-selling device, the iPhone -- as the only metric that matters. Two key aspects of that metric, however, may have larger implications than just the quarterly revenues, or a temporary change in Apple's stock value. According to analysts, it is now likely that Apple is selling more iPhones to China now than it is in the US market (where it is market leader by a long way) -- and even more remarkably, that Apple is close to rivaling the total smartphones sales of rival Samsung.

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Comcast provides letters to politicians supporting its merger with TWC

11 hours ago | Posted in: industry

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) frequently puts out a call for comments as part of their decision-making process, and usually hears back from concerned citizens as well as "astroturf" industry-funded campaigns. In the case of the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC), however, Comcast posted a thank you to the politicians, organizations and businesses that submitted comments in its favor. An investigation of those letters, however, has revealed a number of politicians who's comments were penned by Comcast employees, and simply signed off on, much like the situation where Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood sent a subpoena to Google which was later discovered to have been written by the MPAA's law firm.

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Apple doubles Australian tax contribution, still increases profits

13 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Apple paid more than twice as much in taxes in Australia for 2014 as it did in 2013, but still managed to grow profits in the country -- despite increasing scrutiny about its legal but aggressive tax avoidance techniques. According to documents filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Apple paid AU$80.4 million in taxes for 2014 ($64 million US) compared to just AU$36.4 million (roughly $32 million US at the time) in 2013.

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New mural created for upcoming Chongqing flagship store

16 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Following in the footsteps of recent murals that "drape" under-construction standalone stores (such as the one that covered the recently-opened Hangzhou store), Apple has created another mural to cover the cylinder-shaped forthcoming Chongqing store, which is set to open this Saturday. The new location, the second for the city, will be the third of five store openings in China promised by the company before the arrival of the New Year on February 19.

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Hands On: TaskTime4 (OS X)

17 hours ago | Posted in: software, Apple

This is you: you're no good at the money side of anything. Unless you're an accountant, in which case we apologize. Everyone else, though, most especially anyone who works freelance, or in a one-man or one-woman company, struggles with this -- because the money part is not why you got into business. Hopefully you'll be earning lots, but you started your business because you wanted to do what that business does, and nobody else was employing you for it. Consequently, your interest and focus is on the job. Somehow, you have to also keep an eye on the money -- and that's where TaskTime4 comes in.

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Apple Store in Hangzhou, China opens over weekend

18 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

A new Apple store based on its latest two-story designs (as seen in San Francisco and elsewhere) has opened in Hangzhou, China. As is typical for such openings, lines of enthusiasts trailed around the block to experience Asia's largest and latest Apple Store, the second in a series of five that will open around China by the start of the official Chinese New Year on Thursday, February 19. The first new store was opened in Zhengzhou earlier this month to similar acclaim and excitement.

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Apple upgrades Maps Connect, iCloud.com Photos services

21 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Apple has upgraded the iCloud.com Photos app with a couple of new features, users note. The first is a zoom slider for uploaded content. People can also more easily share photos via email, using a new pop-up window on the site. Access to Photos requires activating the iCloud Photo Library beta through iOS' Settings app, and will remove any images on a device that were synced via iTunes.

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Briefly: 1Password, Twitterrific 5 updates for iOS

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Security app 1Password has announced an update for its password manager and secure wallet app for iOS (and OS X). Allowing users to create strong, unique passwords for every site, 1Password stores them all and logs in with one tap, including credit cards and identities, without re-typing. 1Password v5.2 features a new login creator, and a new layout that features a renewed aesthetic for the password editor, icons, and more.

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MasterCard to bring Apple Pay to PGA Tour

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

MasterCard has partnered with a company called Prom Management Group to bring Apple Pay to at least one stop on the PGA Tour, according to an announcement. At the 16th hole of the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, people will be able to pay for food and drinks at concession stands through an Apple Pay-ready iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Other mobile payment systems (such as Google Wallet) could also be supported; while only Apple Pay is mentioned by name, the concessions are said to be generally "contactless enabled."

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Standalone TestFlight service to shut down on February 26

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: developer, Apple

The standalone version of TestFlight -- located at TestFlightApp.com -- will be shutting down on February 26, according to an email sent to developers. Apple last year bought out Burstly, the creator of TestFlight, and began migrating the beta-testing service over to iTunes Connect and an iOS app. The company warns developers that apps won't automatically leap from one platform to the other, and must be set up anew in iTunes Connect.

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Briefly: STM debuts Dux rugged cases, Ooma's new Nest alerts

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, gadgets, accessories, iPad

STM Bags has announced the release of its new Dux case for iPad, along with versions for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Described as offering "rugged" protection from drops and general wear and tear, the Dux case consists of a rubberized bracket and polycarbonate exterior. Its clear back allows for customizing the appearance of the device, or letting the back of the iPhone or iPad remain visible. The Dux for iPad (priced at $50) features sizes designed for iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 2 through 4, iPad mini, as well as mini 2 and 3, and is available in blue, red, and black. Dux for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (priced at $30) are available in black and red.

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OS X 10.10.2 will integrate iCloud Drive content into Time Machine

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, software, developer, networking, Apple

[Updated with claims about Thunderstrike fix] Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X 10.10.2 to its workers -- build 14C109 -- that includes release notes explaining the update's major changes. The most significant may be the addition of iCloud Drive browsing within Time Machine, which should let people track related changes and find items that were previously stored in the cloud. Apple has also made a number of fixes though, most notably solving a Spotlight vulnerability that automatically loaded remote content in Mail messages.

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Apps: GarageSale, Coda, OnyX

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in apps

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    GarageSale 6.9.2 ($35)

    GarageSale allows users to create eBay auctions from their desktop. Users can choose from over 140 free listing designs, then add any details and upload up to 10 images per auction free of charge to the GarageSale Image Service. The latest update has fixed a problem in the built-in store.

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    Coda 2.5.4 ($99)

    Coda is a web development application that was designed to bring all the functions of web page creation into a single window. An issue where selecting a MySQL table could cause a crash has been addressed in this update. The code folding behavior has also been reverted to no longer scroll.

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    OnyX 2.9.5 (free)

    OnyX is a tool for verifying the Startup Disk and system files structure of a Mac OS X computer. The software also provides users with access to a number of hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, and some Apple applications. Version 2.9.5 includes a new option to rebuild the XPC cache, as well as an improved log deletion feature and seven new translations.

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    OmniGraffle 6.1.2 ($100)

    OmniGraffle is a tool for creating diagrams and organizational charts. The software includes numerous shapes and connectors for plotting out information in a visual manner. The latest update improves the performance of switching between tabs in the inspector, and resolves a number of known crashing issues.

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    CodeKit 2.2 ($32)

    CodeKit can be used to quickly build websites. Within the app are tools for compiling a number of different coding languages, as well as for optimizing images, debugging, and previewing changes live. Version 2.2 introduces a new Browser Sync feature that lets users mirror changes made on one device across all of their open website previews. Files in CodeKit Frameworks can also now import files in other other CodeKit Frameworks, and users can choose the output format for Slim files.

 

Apple blamed for lack of fingerprint sensor on Google Nexus 6

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: mobile phones, Apple

The Google Nexus 6 was going to have a fingerprint sensor, but Apple forced a change in the phone's design, the ex-CEO of Motorola claims. The Android smartphone was initially going to have a fingerprint reader on the back, where a Motorola-branded dimple now resides, but Apple's acquisition of AuthenTec is said to have put a stop to those plans completely.

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Samsung to produce 75 percent of processors for next iPhone

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

Samsung will indeed be the chief supplier of processors for Apple's next iPhone(s), according to South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper. The company is expected to take about 75 percent of CPU orders. The paper doesn't mention how much the deal is worth, or who else will be producing chips, but Samsung's manufacturing will reportedly take place at its plant in Austin, Texas, the original home of Apple's A-series processors.

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Apple introduces 'Free on iTunes' section at iTunes Store

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: audio, Apple

Apple has launched a new area on the iTunes Store in the US, simply dubbed "Free on iTunes." rel='nofollow' The section highlights free song and TV downloads. Some musical examples include singles from Waters, Sharon Van Etten, The Babies, and Penguin Prison. TV content includes episodes from Backstrom, 12 Monkeys, The Musketeers, and other shows.

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Hands On: Brushstroke (iOS)

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: digital imaging, Graphics/Web Design, iPhone apps, iPad apps

There's a good chance that everyone reading this, at one point or another, has seen those "turn a picture into a painting or sketch" apps that were making the rounds a few years ago. More often than not, these ended up looking like nothing more than poorly-Photoshopped images -- which was essentially what they were. We checked out Brushstroke by Code Organa to see if it managed to improve on the technology.

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Briefly: Sprint targets T-Mobile customers, T-Mobile Score discounts

Mon January 26, 2015 | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

Sprint is refocusing its trade-in offer directly against main rival T-Mobile. Running until April 9, Sprint will offer T-Mobile customers a minimum instant trade-in value of $200 for their smartphone if they transfer their number over. Sprint is also allowing the offer to work alongside another promotion, granting up to $350 per line to cover early termination fees or installment billing balances.

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Adobe updates Flash again due to critical security flaw

Sun January 25, 2015 | Posted in: security, software, hacks

Adobe has again had to issue an update to the browser plug-in version of Flash due a critical flaw in the program that allows remote attackers to take over un-updated Macs or PCs, the latter running either Windows or Linux. The company urges users to update to the latest version, first issued on Friday, that patches the problem -- however, all previous versions should be considered at risk, and there are not yet any Chrome browser or standalone updaters available.

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